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Terror! Il Castello delle Donne Maledette

Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks
Terror Castle / The House of Freaks

Italy 1974
produced by
Robert Oliver, Dick Randall, Oscar Brazzi, G.Robert Straub (executive) for Classic Films International
directed by Robert Oliver
starring Rossano Brazzi, Michael Dunn, Christiane Rücker (as Christiane Royce), Edmund Purdom, Gordon Mitchell, Loren Ewing, Alan Collins (= Luciano Pigozzi), Xiro Papas, Boris Lugosi (= Salvatore Baccaro), Simone Blondell (= Simonetta Vitelli), Eric Mann, Laura De Benedittis, Robert Marx, Margaret Oliver, Alessandro Perrella, Bob Fiz, Annamaria Tornello, Aristide Caporale, Palumbo Nicola, Mike Monty, Rossella Ferrero, Ozzie Raghet, Walter Saxer
written by William L.Rose, Mark Smith, Roberto Spano, based on characters created by Mary W. Shelley, music by Marcello Gigante

Frankenstein

review by
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In this version of the Frankenstein-story, Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) lives in a castle where he is surrounded by freaks - including dwarf Genz (Michael Dunn) and hunchback Creegan (Xiro Papas) - whom he employs as his assistants, assistants in all things typical to a Frankenstein household, including graverobbing and helping in Frankenstein's experiments on corpses. Castle Frankenstein interestingly enough is also located near to some caves where the last Neanderthals (!) seem to have found abode - and somehow good Dr Frankenstein has gotten hold of one such Neanderthal, Goliath (Loren Ewing), after he has been stoned by the villagers, who tend to not like Neanderthals very much.

And what does a god Frankenstein do with a corpse ?

That's right, strap it to an operating table and bring it back to life.

As it happens, Frankenstein brings the creature back to life at around teh same time his daughter Maria (Simone Blondell) comes for a visit with her fiancé (Eric Mann) and her lovely young friend Krista (Christiane Rücker) - and Frankenstein and Krista, who is also a scientist, fall in love almost immediately, and it doesn't take Frankenstein long to show her the nature and extent of his experiments, which totally impresses her. Frankenstein's creature Goliath also seems to fall in love with Krista by the way.

At around the same time, Frankenstein fires his dwarf Genz, who has botched up things once too often, and has him sent to the forest - where Genz soon runs across another Neanderthal, Ook (Boris Lugosi), who for some reason shows sympathy towards the little fella and the two become friends, with Ook from now on regularly kidnapping women for Genz to rape. Once Genz is out though, Ook kidnaps Krista.

Genz meanwhile has returned to the Castle Frankenstein to free Goliath to ... oh I don't know why exactly he did it, he just did. He then takes Goliath back to Ook's cave and when Frankenstein tries to stop them, Genz tells Goliath to kill his creator - which he does.

In the cave, Ook and Goliath do not become instant friends as Genz has intended but Goliath, finding Krista the love of his life tied up by Ook, attacks his opponent viciously, and, being the much bigger and stronger of the two of them, defeats and kills him, leaving poor Genz friendless. Then Goliath frees Krista and the two want to head back to the castle. However, your obligatory mob of torch-carrying angry villagers (no Frankenstein film would be compelte without them) has meanwhile formed and headed for the cave, and they burn poor Goliath alive, despite Krista's attempts to save him (who has just saved her, actually).

Edmund Purdom plays the local inspector in this one, Alan Collins and Gordon Mitchell two more assistants of Frankenstein.

 

Silly.

There is no other way to describe this film.

Frankenstein and Neanderthals ? Really ? Was that what was wrong with the Frankenstein-story in the first place, not enough Neanderthals ?

But to say Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks is silly is only one half of the truth, the film is at the same time wonderfully campy and trashy and filled with enough gratuitious nudity to keep a trash film fan like me glued to the screen. Add to this at best modest production values and not so special special effects and you've got a wonderful piece of Eurotrash - certainly not for everyone's taste I agree, but hard to resist for the connoisseur.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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